When I worked as a carpenter in an earlier part of my life, we occasionally played a game on the construction site where we would try to drive a large spike into a piece of wood with one blow of the hammer. To do that you must directly “hit the nail on the head.”

In consulting, this is much harder to do. Sometimes it is difficult even to find the nails, let alone hit them on the head. Today I had a pleasant surprise when someone else “hit the nail on the head” after reading Authentic Conversations.

This blog writer contrasted passages from our book with parts of the message contained in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, a best-selling book that approaches team development from a traditional leadership/management view of “holding others accountable.”  Check it out and see what you think.


I am admittedly biased, but after reading the blog, I got the same sense of satisfaction from this as when I hit the nail on the head back in the day.